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Alonzo Cushing

Deceased Person

Alonzo Cushing Alonzo Hersford Cushing (January 19, 1841 – July 3, 1863) was an artillery officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He died at the Battle of Gettysburg while defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge, for which he was recommended the Medal of Honor 147 years after his death. Cushing was born in what is now the city of Delafield, Wisconsin, but was raised in Fredonia, New York. His younger brother was future Union Navy officer Lt. William B. Cushing. They were the youngest of four brothers who eventually served in the Union forces. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in the class of June 1861, and received commissions as second and first lieutenant on the same day. He was brevetted major following the Battle of Chancellorsville. Cushing commanded Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery at Gettysburg, and was hailed by contemporaries as heroic in his actions on the third day of the battle. He was wounded three times. First, a shell fragment went straight through his shoulder. He was then grievously wounded by a shell fragment which tore into his abdomen and groin. This wound exposed Cushing's intestines, which he held in place  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1841-01-19
Place of birth
Delafield
Siblings
William B. Cushing

Education

Institution From To
United States Military Academy

Death

Date of death
1863-07-03
Place of death
Cemetery Ridge
Place of burial
West Point Cemetery

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